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The 2016 Mudslinging Has Begun, But So Far It’s Pretty Tame

TIME

The Iowa caucuses are more than a year away and no Republican has yet officially declared for the White House, but that’s not stopping Democratic opposition research group American Bridge from trying to sling a little mud.

The group released a nearly 200-page 2016 “scouting report” Monday morning with biographical sketches and dirt on 20 members of the potential 2016 Republican presidential field. From Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal writing about participating in an exorcism to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s close ties to an ethics-plagued former member of Congress, the document is a largely a summary of news clippings, public records, and a handful of mugshots.

American Bridge made a name for itself in 2012 when it brought Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock to the center of the national political conversation, and helping to re-elect President Barack Obama by accusing Republicans of waging a “war on women.”…

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